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Conference to explore Jewish philosophy, Feb. 22-23

The resurgence of constructive Jewish philosophy in America will be the focus of a conference on campus Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 22-23.

Titled "The Renaissance of Jewish Philosophy in America," the event will run from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday in the Whig Hall Senate Chamber.

Scholars and thinkers who have contributed to this renaissance will reflect on the role that the American context (ideals and realities, philosophy and politics) has played in influencing their work. They also will discuss the extent to which their intellectual agenda has been shaped by the social and cultural milieu of the contemporary American university.

Sponsors include the University's Department of Religion and James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions as well as the Louis Finkelstein Institute for Religious and Social Studies of the Jewish Theological Seminary. For more information, visit the Madison Program Web site.

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